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April 11, 2013

BOEING CLASSIC NEWSLETTER:
*SPECIAL MASTERS EDITION*

One of the most cherished weeks of the year (other than Boeing Classic tournament week of course!) is upon us...and this year's Masters might also be one of the most anticipated in quite some time. The first Major of the year also signals the start of the golf season in the Northwest so we hope you're as excited as we are!

STORYLINES ARE ABUNDANT, ANTICIPATION HIGH FOR THIS YEAR'S MASTERS

Who isn't clamoring for a Woods/Mickelson back nine at Augusta on Sunday with the young guns and seasoned veterans throwing darts and taking shots? This is why we sit through wind delays in January, snow in February, and monsoons in March. So that for one weekend in April, golf can deliver everything we want it to and more.

Click here to read more about why this year's Masters is so highly anticipated.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR PROS LOOK TO MAKE THEIR MARK AT AUGUSTA

This year's field at the Masters will feature eight current Champions Tour professionals who are former champions at Augusta National. Follow your favorite Pros with this list of Thursday tee times:

  Player Masters Champion Tee Time Paired With
  Tom Watson 1977, 1981 5:44am Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman
  Craig Stadler 1982 8:18am

Ben Curtis,
Michael Weaver

  Ben Crenshaw 1984 9:24am Matteo Mannasero,
Tianlang Guan
  Bernhard Langer 1985, 1993 9:35am

Lucas Glover,
Henrik Stenson

 

Larry Mize

1987 5:11am Brian Gay,
Russell Henley
  Sandy Lyle 1988 5:00am John Peterson, Nathan Smith
  Fred Couples 1992 10:08am Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace
  Mark O'Meara 1998 8:29am Martin Laird,
Jamie Donaldson

CAN FREDDIE MAKE A RUN AGAIN THIS YEAR?

On the 20th anniversary of his remarkable victory at Augusta, Fred Couples' performance at the 2012 Masters had all of the makings of a Hollywood story. Not only did he shoot the low round on Friday (a 5-under-par 67), but he was tied with Jason Dufner for the 36-hole lead heading in to the final day. Sunday didn't pan out as he would have liked (an even-par 72 led to a T12 finish), but if anyone was to think the outing was a fluke, they're forgetting that in 2010 Couples was the first-round leader and finished sixth. In 2011 he started the final round in ninth place.

What is it about Fred Couples and the Masters? No player, including the great Jack Nicklaus, has a better Masters career scoring average than Couples. In his 28th Masters he added the distinction of becoming the oldest 36-hole leader/co-leader.

So how will his tournament play out this year? You can be sure he will be a fan favorite. He is one of the most popular figures at Augusta, if not all of golf. And at Augusta, no one else on the course looks so relaxed. At least that's what Rory McIlroy thinks.

"He's just cool," said McIlroy. "I hope I'm that cool when I'm 52."

 

TOM WATSON GIVES HIS TAKE ON THIS YEAR'S MASTERS

The two-time champion explains who has the best chance to put on the green jacket at Augusta this year.

 

O'MEARA DEFIES THE AUGUSTA CELL PHONE GODS

While playing a practice round at Augusta recently, 1998 Masters Champion (and two-time Boeing Classic runner-up) Mark O'Meara made a bold move... ignoring the legendary club's policy to reach out to a friend. What could be so important as to tempt the wrath of Augusta National?

 

 


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